Arsenal plan to open talks with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot when the transfer window re-opens in January. The 19-year-old will be free to speak to foreign clubs in the New Year as he enters the final months of his contract.
The Metro claim that Arsenal hope to sign Rabiot on a free transfer next summer, but may need to stump up a £5.6 million fee with Italian clubs Juventus and AS Roma also interested in signing the France Under-21 international.
PSG resigned to losing Rabiot
It was reportedly earlier this month that Rabiot has little intention of signing a new contract at the Parc des Princes, and manager Laurent Blanc is resigned to losing the talented teenager.
Rather than losing him on a free next summer, PSG would rather cash-in when the transfer window re-opens, but the ball is now in Rabiot’s court.
Should he enter into a pre-contract agreement with Arsenal, the Gunners will not need to pay the French champions a penny.
But the north London outfit run the risk of losing him to one of the interested Serie A clubs should either of them submit a cash offer to PSG.
Rabiot wants £48k-a-week deal
In order to secure his services, Arsenal will need to offer the player a £2.5 million-a-year contract, which works out at roughly £48,000-a-week.
They will also need to convince Rabiot’s mum, who is also his agent, that he should move to England instead of Italy.
It’s believed that Mrs. Rabiot would prefer to see her son join Roma, where French coach Rudi Garcia is the club’s manager. But it’s understood that Rabiot Jr. would rather secure a move to England.
Chelsea have also been linked with Rabiot, as have Tottenham, but it’s Arsenal who currently occupy pole position in the race to seal his signature.
Arsenal require new holding midfielder
The Gunners, who were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Southampton on Tuesday night, failed to sign a top-class central midfielder in the summer - much to the frustration of the club’s supporters.
But Arsene Wenger could rectify the situation by signing Rabiot either in January or next summer.
The 19-year-old possesses all the required attributes to become a first-class holding midfielder, including the ability to pass, tackle and intercept.
He can also work further up the pitch if necessary, although Wenger already has plenty of options in the attacking midfield area.